KidTrek was originally started in April, 2001 through a deep passion and conviction kids needed more than just a passive drop in center to make a difference in their lives. Originally, the mission was to equip churches, and para-churches, how to run their own ministry to at-risk kids, using an after school program.
Through this training we would equip these ministries with all the essential tools needed to “walk with kids through life,” including the creation of what we call a Life Plan for each child.
Over the years God has redirected us from time to time; however our mission has remained the same.
KidTrek equips Christian ministries to walk with kids through life, seeing them become Christ-changed, hope-filled, productive adults.
The latest redirection began with a nudge in the middle of a training.
The senior pastor of a church stopped me in the middle of a sentence, “Wanda, I am really having trouble with this training.”
It was one of those moments when you want to suddenly become invisible and a thousand thoughts run through your mind. I was sure that I had made some horribly heretical statement.
The pastor continued, “I am suddenly realizing that the kids who come to our after-school ministry is going to receive better ministry than our own church kids.”
This was to begin a lot of observing, praying and consideration. We observed that this was true in ministry after ministry we trained. We prayed and asked the Lord what He wanted us to do.
- Should we just continue as we had but mention to churches what we observed in relation to their ministry to their own children?
- Should we offer training for churches overall Children’s Ministry?
- Should we provide churches Children’s Ministry curriculum as we did for the after-school ministries?
We were in the midst of prayer and consideration when the economy hit bottom. The first year we did fine and we continued to pray and consider – then in three months most funding stopped. Joseph had to find another job – the Lord provided in a month, as he was hired as Children’s Pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, CA.
Believing this was God directing our steps Wanda began writing Sunday Plus Curriculum and providing on-line training.
Sunday Plus Curriculum is a Gospel centered, whole-istic (spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, social), individualistic and intentional curriculum geared to get the entire church involved in the discipleship of children.
Deuteronomy 6 was a passage we had used in the training of our after-school ministries, is so appropriate for Sunday Plus.
- It is a call to the whole church “O Israel.”
- It calls for modeling not just teaching – “you shall love …
- It gives specific instructions for walking through life with children – You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
- It is intentional.
- A challenge to not become complacent.
- Each child is made in the image of God and requires individual nurturing.
Why the name Sunday Plus?
Children’s Ministry has to be more than just what happens on Sunday – it has to reach into every aspect of the children’s lives. Disciplers are challenged to lay out a discipleship plan for each child they serve. Because each child is created uniquely each plan will look different. Disciplers generally walk-through-life with five kids. As parents disciple the children of other parents whole families begin to walk through life together. As parents are involved in the children’s ministry they receive training that assists them with the discipleship of their own children.
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